Monash University’s own Leo Hurley has been selected to represent Australia at the World University Games in water polo.
An extremely proud moment for Leo, one he shared with his parents calling them immediately after receiving the good news.
“It is an honour to play for Australia and represent my supporters from my club, former coaches and teammates, friends and family, especially at a large international event like the Universiade. It makes me appreciate the unique opportunities I’ve been given by training harder and playing fair.”
Leo played for the Victorian Seals in the National Water Polo League in 2016 and currently plays for Melbourne Collegians in Victoria’s state competition.
Whilst playing in the Olympics would be a “dream come true,” for Leo, his immediate aspirations are to play club water polo in Europe furthering his development as a player, in addition to experiencing a different culture.
Leo is also completing a Bachelor of Music with a specialisation in jazz improvisation, despite it being challenging to balance studies and sport Leo is making the best out of the situation.
“It requires a big commitment to manage my time well and regularly sacrifice being with friends and family to train and play, but playing sport has always been a rewarding and healthy experience for me so I never view my commitment to water polo in a negative light.”
Leo is part of the Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme, which helps students coordinate their sporting and academic schedule.
“Being a member of Monash’s Elite Student Performer Scheme has given me access to Monash’s training facilities and some financial assistance, both of which are of great help. The program also offers me flexibility to better manage my studies when heavy periods of training or competitions arise.”
We wish Leo all the best as he competes at the World University Games.
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